+At Genesis, Austin and Philip Phelps are clearing the pines from an old field which was first cleared by John Myan about 37 years ago. It has been planted in corn in 1865 by Silas Myatt and lain idle since then. The old corn rows have been traced among the pine trees although some 33 years have passed since the plow and hoe did their last work. The pine trees stand very thick on the ground and are about 40 or 50 feet high. Some are as large around as a man’s body.
+The largest April snowfall on the Cumberland Plateau began on the evening of April 2 and continued all day April 3. The snow was 6 to 8 inches deep. Much of the fruit was killed and the strawberries suffered too.
+A contributor wrote about the many water sources in the vicinity. Big Laurel at Hale’s Mill is quite a small stream but in the rest of its course of nearly five miles, it receives the water of ten tributaries and in the last mile and a half its average width is from 60 to 75 feet.
The Caney Fork above the confluence has about the same volume of water but a few rods below it receives the water of West Fork and becomes a river nearly 300 feet wide. Where the road crosses it is one of the finest fords in the world.
Just below the ford is a perpendicular fall of six feet. This is where the Scarbrough Mill was built over 70 years ago. About a mile below the mill, the gulf commences. For nearly two miles it is quite narrow and the banks precipitous. Here Clifty Creek comes in from the west and the gulf grows wider. Here are the remains of furnaces found by early settlers.
+Promoting scenic Highway 127 across portions of Tennessee and Kentucky and a “350-mile Sidewalk Sale” was kicked off by the Governor.
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Hickes to represent county at Poetry Out Loud
Madison Hickes, a senior at Cumberland County High School, will represent the county at the state Poetry Out Loud state finals March 14-15.
Grand jury: No city wrongdoing
A cross-section of Cumberland County citizens empaneled on the grand jury reviewed 115 pages of city of Crossville documents and meeting minutes, 927 additional documents from Crossville City Councilman Pete Souza, 22 separate investigative reports and 21 exhibits from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and listened to testimony from TBI Special Agent Billy Miller and Souza before concluding there was no evidence of wrongdoing on anyone's part.
Food service earns top safety scores
Providing safe, nutritious meals is the priority of the Cumberland County School Nutrition Program, and the cafeteria staffs at each school have worked hard to post outstanding ratings on Tennessee Department of Health safety inspections.
Panel concerned over possible budget shortfall on EMS billing collections
A few county commissioners expressed concerns over a possible budget shortfall for Emergency Medical Service collections during the last emergency services committee meeting.
BOE gives Andrews evaluation
The Cumberland County Board of Education completed an evaluation of Director of Schools Donald Andrews, though he has not yet completed a full year in the post.
BOE accepts payment plan for liquor $$
The Crossville City Council will repay the school system $460,179 in back liquor by the drink revenues over four years, with the first payment of $160,179 to be made immediately.
City council answers citizens’ questions at open forum
Members of the Crossville City Council answered questions from the public during an open forum on city of Crossville projects at the Palace Theatre.
Miller appeal dismissed
The Knoxville appeals court agreed with the original circuit court trial judge in dismissing a defamation lawsuit filed by former Crossville city manager Jack Miller against now former city councilman Boyd Wyatt, saying that Wyatt's comment was protected by the immunity of legislative privilege for elected officials.
Internet solicitation case nets 2 years
A Nashville area man — one of three men charged with soliciting minors for sexual activities over the Internet was sentenced to two years in prison following a hearing in Cumberland County Criminal Court recently.
County eyes increased recycling with new program
The new single-stream recycling program is up and running at the Cumberland County Recycling Center.
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